What does Python fix?
jason at jorendorff.com
Thu Jan 24 21:15:05 EST 2002
Time Peters wrote:
> [James Althoff]
> > But we all know that's *only* because y'all haven't given us syntax for
> > nameless code blocks -- yet. <wink>
> But we have! Take your <nameless code block> and write it like so:
> def <aname>():
> <nameless code block>
> This is what Smalltalk was striving for, but it failed to achieve a key
> insight: nameless code blocks are easier to reuse if they're
> named <wink>.
Look, obviously what's needed is some simple notation
like >> for indent and << for dedent, thus:
mylist.sort(lambda a, b: >> g = cmp(a.name, b.name);
if g: >> return g; <<
return cmp(a.id, b.id); << <<)
Now, I ask you, is that so bad?
I mean, you don't have to get all tongue-in-cheek about it. ;-)
## Jason Orendorff http://www.jorendorff.com/
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